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. a showdown over the nominees to top national security posts. from defense to the cia the men the president want in his new cabinet are coming under heavy fire. will the stat approve them. we will hear from two members of the armed services committee. republican kelly ayotte the and democrat richard blumenthal. and we will ask our sunday panel if mr. obama has the clout to win the fights he is taking on. and our power player of the week. wife of a washington insider makes her own mark. all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington. in the wake of a newtown school shootings, washington is getting ready for a battle over how to prevent more acts of mass violence. joining me now are two people of the center of what is likely to be one of the first big political issues this year. larry pratt executive director for gun other thans of america and neera, president of the center for american progress. welcome to both of you to "fox news sunday." >> thank you. >> thanks. >> chris: i want to put up remarkable numbers i saw. the nra contributed 20 million today's federal
. from defense to the cia. the men the president wants in his new cabinet are coming under heavy fire. will the senate approve them? we'll hear from two members of the armed services committee. republican kelly ayotte and democrat richard blumenthal. also the president is taking a more aggressive approach as he begins his second term. we'll ask our sunday panel if mr. obama has the clout to win the fights he's taking on. >>> and our power player of the week... the wife of a washington insider makes her own mark. all, right you now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and, hello again from fox news in washington. in the wake of the newtown school shootings washington is getting ready for a battle over how to prevent more acts of mass violence. joining me are two people at the center of what is likely to be one of the first big political issues this year, larry pratt, executive director for gun owners of america and neera tanden, president of the center for american progress. welcome to fox news sunday. >> thanks. >> thank you. >> chris: vice president joe biden is expected to present his
they will be bruising. none more than the hearing before the senate armed services committee over the new defense secretary, chuck hagel. the hearings could start as early as this week. the white house has mounted a vigorous defense. hagel says his record on iran, gays and the military has been distorted. members of the armed services committee will question hagel. but today on "face the nation," senator john mccain called hagel a friend, though he has questions and is annoyed at how the white house has handled the nomination. >> usually wprevious presidents, republican and democrat, when they are considering nominations, they call in the other side and the key members on the other party and say, hey, i am thinking about nominating mr. "x," what do you think about it? there has been none of that. >> reporter: the former secretary of the joint chiefings and colin powell gave his backing to hagel, even though he was one of the largest critics of the war in iraq, a war that powell helped to sell to the american people. he tried to stop the surge, calling it the biggest foreign policy blunder since
as defense attorneys argued mubarak didn't know about the killings. no date has been set for a retrial several others will be on part of that trial who were awe quitted in the previous trials. going forward mubarak will be pending a review. he's facing other corruption charges. it is likely he will stay in jail for the significant and foreseeable future. mubarak was reportedly ill. there are responconstant reports ill and that he has fallen and broken ribs. it is not clear whether or not he will be stuck in his house because of medical condition. this going forward this will be a retrial turning in real problems for egypt going forward. it has been a violent and very spo sort of chaotic scene in egypt the past few years since mubarak stepped down. it isn't clear what will happen with the retrial being demanded by the court. a lot of egyptians felt hmubara should have been given the death penalty for his roles in ordering the deaths and crack down on the protestors. of course now there will be a retrial. nobody knows what will happen. it is possible we will see more protests or possible
nation. >> we all know the issue here is spending. >> what are the risks of huge defense cuts? >> operations, maintenance, and trading will be gutted. we will ground the aircraft retuturn chips to court, and sharply curtail training across the force. >> a bill before the wyoming state legislature would make a federal legend a person trying to enforce a ban on farm guilty of a funny. there are similar measures under considation in nnessee and tetexas. the governor in mississippi wants to make it illegegal in the state to enforce any new federal n laws. how many tis have we had this debate? ththis time after the murders of the children in newtown, conn. the president tells us is different. signed 23 executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence and has urged congress to reinstate a ban on so-called assault weapons, limit the size of the magazines, and mandate criminal background checks for all and sales. he is also o asking americans to put heat on members of congress to get there. >> ask for a member of congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of
srepublican senator chuck hagel to head the department of defense has generated heat and light. zbigniew brzezinski, general john johns, brent scowcroft, as well as colin powell and former defense secretary bob gates. the senate has rejected only nine cabinet nominees to will chuck hagel be the 10th? >> i don't think so. i thought he would have an easier time that he has, but when all is said and done, there are lots of people from the bush administration, high-visibility people -- npr on friday morning , one spoke extreme in the -- extremely well of hagel. but the way that republicans are approaching cabinet appointments at the moment is different from what we've seen and the past. i am not sure whether it is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, and they will have their day in the sun, or whether they are serious about this. if they are, then harry reid has a proposal to change the rules and the senate and it might -- there are a few democrats who might have reservations about it. >> will take a week confirmed, evan -- chuck hagel be confirmed, evan? >> i think he will. he has a
of chuck hagel to be defense secretary when influential new york senator chuck schumer gave it his blessing. yesterday the president forcefully and emotionally laid out his proposals to curb gun violence and challenged americans to confront the representatives and stand up to the nra. let's listen. >> ask them what's more important, doing whatever it takes to get an "a" grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade. >> joining me is former rnc chair and msnbc contributor michael steele and democratic strategist bob shrum. shrummy, i have to start with you. it sounds like you got into the president's ear. i know you haven't, that i know of, but he's starting to charge this campaign for the second term the way i think you like to run campaigns. go to the essential issues, fight them, get tough against your opponents. >> i think that's true. he had some historic achievements in his first term, but every time he reached out, he was rebuffed. he's been through a campaign. he believes he's won a mandate, and
,000, the lowest level since january of 2008. outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta waded into the gun control debate in a question and answer session yesterday. team made no bones about his support for president obama's proposal and noted he helped with president clinton in 1994's ban on assault weapons and says he supports that ban as well as a strict rule on armor piercing bullets. in a hostage situation still ongoing at d.c.'s oil spill in nigeria details are sketchy but it is being reported algerian airstrikes kill 34 hostages in 14 of their al qaeda captives. the algerian army attempting to take control. be right back. look, if you have copd like me, you know it can be hard to breathe, and how that feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney pro
secretary of defense leon panetta had to say in london today. >> we cannot accept attacks against our citizens in our interests abroad. neither can we accept an al-qaeda safe haven anywhere in the world. >> panetta refused to criticize the algerian security forces. some have said they were too heavy handed in their mission against the militants holding the hostages. at this very melt we're told they continue to mop up that energy facility. it had been booby trapped with mines and explosives by the militants and heather, yes, the grim death toll grows, or the fear of those deaths, anyway. the u.k., norway, and japan are now saying that 20 of their citizens are unaccounted for and feared dead. and we're waiting on word from the u.s. officials. back to you. >> heather: greg palkot live for us. we'll have much more on this coming up with a former c.i.a. operative who has participated in numerous operations in algeria. so stay tuned for that. gregg? >> gregg: and the first lady kicking off the inaugural weekend with a national day of service, doing their part at an elementary school in was
. they don't want to cut defense. >> cenk: that's true. hey, man i'm perfectly happy to do that. let's go to michael shure. the language is good. the frame something good. it seems strong. excuse me if i'm a little skeptical that he won't negotiate over the debt cerealing. >> you're excused for being skeptical, you're fine. you have every reason to feel that way although i think the way he handled the fiscal cliff was a departure--i think he bent over a little bit less than he has in the past in terms of going back on what he said he was going to do. he got americans to--wealthy americans to pay more in taxes. not the specific $250,000, quarter of a million. >> when we came to the so-called fiscal cliff there was a question that the american people had to resolve or the politicians did between the clinton-era tax rates where we had great prosperity and the bush-era tax rate where we didn't have that prosperity. for some reason we chose to go with the bush-era tax rates for 99% of americans. that makes no sense. >> but again-- >> and boehner is saying now he's literally i got 99% of what i
of approval for chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. hagel's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit, and we like it, of course. from the debt ceiling to the nra to the neocons. taking them on. the president is sticking it to his opponents, and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the storm? or stand in the way? >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moonshiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capi
support. speaking in spain, defense secretary panetta said the u.s. is considering french requests for additional military help. >> we are discussing in washington some of the requests that have been made to determine exactly what assistance we can provide. our goal is to try to do what we can to provide whatever assistance is necessary in order to help them in that effort. specifically, in what areas is still something under discussion. >> the washington post reports france has asked for u.s. intelligence that could be used for targeting purposes. a request that could raise questions under international law. the u.s. is also reportedly considering whether to help france transport its troops in military supplies. the obama administration is said to be wary of deepening its involvement in mali after having trained military leaders that ended up staging a coup that -- and even joining the rebels fight. u.s.-backed french strikes in mali have already killed a reported 11 civilians, including three children. on tuesday, an amnesty international spokesperson called for the deployment of
that they have under the second amendment and who are involved in the shooting sports or use firearms for self-defense and we think that they will be heard. >> and when you look at the power, one of the things that you said when you came in is that our number one political priority is to defeat the president for a second term, and that didn't happen. you also lost some high profile senate races that you invested in. what does that say about the power -- because there are a lot of people out there who say, look, this has changed, that newtown has changed public sentiment, and it has changed the mood on capitol hill, and yet you think that the nra has the power to block this? >> the nra doesn't have the power, be but those americans who believe in the second amendment do. the races that were decided this year, weren't decided on the second amendment issues as you well know and not discussed. the president discussed he would never take your rifle or sidearm and not interfere with your second amendment right, and in those races where there is a clear choice and let me give you an example. we were very inv
absurd defenses by the republicans, which i'll get to in a second. ana kasparian joins me here. first let's start with president obama's press conference today. let me show you what he said. >> obama: they are common sense measures. they have the support of the majority of the american people. yet, that doesn't mean that any of this will be easy to enact or implement. if it were we would already have universal background check. the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines would never have been allowed to expire. it will depend on congressional action. they need to bring it up for a vote, and the american people need to make sure that they do. >> cenk: well, president obama's proposals were strong today including a ban on new assault weapons limits on high capacity magazines, expanded background checks and tougher gun trafficking laws. anna, what else did he do? >> those are proposals and they do need to undergo congressional apowers. however he passed 23 executive actions. as he was signing those actions let's take a look at the video he did so with children behind him. this was
in shooting sports or use firearms for self-defense and we think they are going to be hurt. >> that is the president of the nra. we want to see what you think about that issue. our next caller is jennifer from riley, kansas. >> i just want to say that freedom is our right and the government has been taking away all our rights. somebody said earlier, teachers and carrying tasters. i think that is a great idea. legal guns are here and more legal guns there are, the better chance we have to protect ourselves. at least like a team of teachers at all carry guns at the school so that we don't have to make extra budget for it or anything. i think it should be allowed to have guns. we also need to give gun safety. we give training class is to children starting very young. they are dangerous unless they are used properly. >> my thoughts at is it is the mental health. for good about the nra and the guns and all that, they are not going to vote that out. it is too much money. we should ask that an ira for help with money toward mental health. that would help solve the problem, but the
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. it was expected to go into next week. when the defense surprised everybody and put no witnesses on the stand the judge said let's go to the closing arguments. those closing arguments, which began after 1:30 this afternoon lasted over an hour with each side making a passionate plea for their case to the jury. both sides focused heavily on a video that was recorded the day of the murder. in his closing argument to the jury [ no audio ] no audio ] adams told the jury the object in his handgun which he used to shoot her in the back of the head. the defense attorney said not true. the item was a cell phone. both sides told the jury richmond phillips was a liar and cheater. prosecution said he lied to cover up the climb. defense argued he was only covering up an extramarital affair. prosecutor wes adams reminded the jury his dna was found in the car containing the body of an 11-month-old. prosecutors believe he killed her when he could not convince her to drop a paternity suit. the two were due in court later that day. prosecutors believe he drove her to a nearby parking lot after shooting wright
in the senate, has given his stamp of approval for chuck hagel as the sex be secretary of defense. haguels's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit and we like it, of course. from the debt careering to the nra, to the neocons. the president is sticking it to his opponents and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the form. >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moon shiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. relief package f
, too, andrea, over the weekend while colin powell was out talking about a defense of hagel for a cabinet post, senator corker was appearing elsewhere and giving a different type of interpretation. take a listen. >> i think another thing, george is going to come up is just his overall temperament. and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the pentagon. >> andrea, has senator corker's office or those around him explained what he was getting at there by the temperament phrasing? >> well, in fact, this has sort of lit up the e-mailing and texting around town here because the pro-hagel group, the people supporting him, former staff members, are asking, you know, what was he talking about because he did not get along well with some of his republican colleagues, he's known to have sort of sharp elbows but he's hardly the only senator who is known to be a little prickly at times. so people really don't understand is this a new -- was senator corker previewing a new line of attack against the hagel nomination where they're going to try to get to his t
qaeda, as a spent force. but, just this week, when this terrorist action happened, defense secretary panetta talked about al qaeda, in a very different way. let's watch: >> president barack obama: we've decimated al qaeda's current leadership and brought usama bin laden to justice he deserved. [cheers and applause]. >> al qaeda is still there. they are still a threat. they are a threat in yemen and a threat in somalia. they are a threat as we speak in mali. >> chris: does the president now recognize that al qaeda is not decimated, but is in fact resurging in the countries that leon panetta talked about and what is he prepared to do to take them out in algeria and libya and across the region. >> the president recognizes that. each and every day he is monitoring activity an attempting to disrupt them. >> chris: why in the campaign did he say they were decimated. >> there is no question the core al qaeda leadership in the region has been decimated and you are seeing across the globe groups mushrooming up and what we have done in yemen and in northern africa -- but, again we'll take the
obama's nomination of chuck hagel as defense secretary. they called the senator superb lee qualified for this job. >> he is a solid guy who speaks his phaoeufpbltd he's a good supporter of israel and he's been there, the record will show that. but he's not reluctant to disagree. i think he will do a great job as secretary of defense. >> let me say this. i'm very troubled. i think that the hearings on this nomination are going to be consequential. i have not made up my mind, but here is where we are. you've put up his prior positions. it makes me wonder, it perplexess me why the president nominated senator hagel. >> that was kelly ayotte a republican from new hampshire showing her displeasure with the pick. no doubt hagel will face questions on his views on iran and israel during those hearings. martha: fox news alert for you now, president obama about to hold the last news conference of his first term. we just heard this about an hour ago. senior political analyst brit hume on the high stakes for the president in this conference and for republicans of course over the next four years.
is the military telling you? >> reporter: well, a defense official i just spoke with a few minutes ago said this is clearly an act of terrorism and that was echoedamplified by leon panetta, he's meeting with nato allies. and he said clearly this was a terrorist act, this kidnapping including some american hostages. right now, from sources that we are speaking with, africa command is taking the lead on this from the military side. but they are mostly conferring with the state department and the fbi as the state department sifts through the information and works with the algerians to get the best available information on what is going on the ground. there are some military assets that are somewhat close. there are marine, fleet anti-terrorism teams in italy. there is also air force surveillance aircraft that could be available out of aviano, also in italy. there are some military assets in the area. but the defense official i spoke with said right now the best thing is to get all the information they can about what is going on, on the ground. in other words, he said how many bad guys are ther
. >> congress authorizes spending. they order me to spend. they tell me you need to fund our defense department, at such and such a level. you need to send out social security checks. you need to make sure that you are paying to care for our veterans. they lay all of this out for me. and because they have the spending power. and so i am required by law to go ahead and pay these bills. separately, they also have to authorize the raising of the debt ceiling in order to make sure that those bills are paid. and so what congress can't do is tell me to spend x, and then say but we're not going to give you the authority to go ahead and pay the bills. >> the economist made a laundry list of what would happen if congressional republicans refused to raise the debt limit. failure to raise the debt ceiling would force immediate spending cuts equal for 6% of gdp. not only would that threaten to send the economy back into recession, it would also deprive many of money needed to meet their own obligations, setting off a chain reaction of defaults that could incite investors to dump their holdings, driving up
. the defense official says with the number of potential hostage takers it would be an extremely dangerous assault mission. they are hoping there is some sort of diplomatic solution to the crisis. >> certainly a shock to many how quickly it happened. we have been trying to understand what happened and when these workers were seized on their way to work or what was happening. what can you tell us about the moment they were taken? and given the u.s. government was very quick to say in this case they believed this was an organized and preplanned attack. >> you're exactly right. here is what we know from the minister who says an oil field in southern algeria was attacked by militants. several hostages were taken there. this is an oil field about 40 miles from the border of libya. a group of westerners were on their way to the airport where they were attacked. alg alger security forces fired back. the militants retreated and there they took more hostages. although the group has claimed responsibility and said it did so out of retaliation for algeria allowing the french to use the air space for
. a defense official says with the number of hostages and potential hostage-takers there, it would be an extremely dangerous assault miss. they are all hoping there is some sort of diplomatic solution to this crisis. >> certainly a shock to many how quick it happened. as i know, we all have been trying to understand and when these workers were seized on their way to work on what exactly was happening. what can can you tell us about the moment they were taken? given as we just reported, the u.s. government was quick to say they believed this was an organized and preplanned attack. >> you are exactly right. here is what we know from algeria as interior minister. he says an oil field in southern algeria was attacked by militants. several hostages were taken there. this was about 40 miles from the border of libya. a group of westerners were on their way to the airport where they were attacked by another group of militants. algear january security forces with them fired back. the militants retreated back to this bp oil facility, sort of the main base. there, they took more hostages, bot
most gun owners reportedly keep a fire arm in their home for protection or self-defense, 83% of gun- related deaths in gun owner homes are the result of a suicide, often by somebody other than the gun owner. homes with guns are five times more likely to experience the suicide of a household member than homes without guns. five times. death by fire arm is the fastest growing methods of suicide. unlike suicide attempts using other methods, 92% of suicide attempts with a gun are fatal, meeting a temporarily depressed person who uses a gun on never get a second chance at life. individuals are nine times more likely to die by suicide if a loaded gun is in their house. congressman thompson, i know that you are a veteran and i know veterans issues are near and dear to your heart, as they are to mine, and i brought up a photo of my dad who was a marine veteran. i just want to share a couple of facts and then ask you for what i would like to address here tonight. 20% of u.s. deaths from suicide are veterans, yet veterabs make up only 10% of the population. veterans are more likely than the g
've already made to priorities other than medicare, medicaid, social security and defense mean that we spend on everything from education to public safety less as a share of our economy than it has -- than has been true for a generation. and that's not a recipe for growth. so we've got to do more both to stabilize our finances over the medium and long term, but also spur more growth in the short term. i've said i'm open to making modest adjustments to programs like medicare to protect them for future generations. i've also said that we need more revenue through tax reform by closing loopholes in our tax code for the wealthiest americans. if we combine a balanced package of savings from spending on health care and revenues from closing loopholes, we can solve the deficit issue without sacrificing our investments in things like education that are going to help us grow. it turns out the american people agree with me. they listened to an entire year's debate over this issue, and they made a clear decision about the approach they prefer. they don't think it's fair, for example, to ask a senior to
to support former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and what that means for hagel's chances of confirmation. >>> and the first lady teams up with the world's largest retailer to put veterans back to work. details on what the first lady calls walmart's historic and groundbreaking plan. >>> and you can join our conversation on twitter. my twitter page is @tamronhall and you can reach my team. ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. now tell the world daniel... excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. we create easy to use, powerful t
alexander, but it was self-defense. >> hey, what's going on? >> reporter: the jury heard this voicemail arias left on alexander's phone hours after she killed him. morbidly enough, she invited a man she knew was dead to come visit her. she repeatedly used alexander's password to check the messages on his phone. stalking him, they say, even in death. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, phoenix. >>> let's check in with our legal team. "gma" legal analyst, dan abrams, along with nancy grace, who is going to cover the trial on her hln show. prosecutors always have the first go. the case seems strong. but this is relentless. >> there is an enormous amount of evidence here now. not just that she lied. but she lied again. the question in this case, and i think probably all the lawyers recognize this, is not is she going to be convicted? it's what is she going to be convicted of? will it be second-degree murder? will it be first-degree murder? will she get the death penalty? those are the key questions. that's why the interrogation tapes become really tricky for her. on the one ha
came back from that and put banned performance enhancing drugs in his body. his great defense was, after what i've been through, do you think i would put that stuff in my body and, of course, everybody said, everybody bought that because it was so plausible. so for lance to have actually doped after cancer was a pretty tough thing to do and i think it indicated a win at all costs attitude that was commendable and it was a seriously wrong thing to do. >> you were one of the very first people to question lance armstrong. it goes all the way back to 1999. what was it that made you suspicious in the first place? >> my first point of kind of suspicion was watching lance's treatment of a young french rider and there will be people out there, if they were all doping, how wrong -- how can you blame lance and single him out? they all weren't doping and one of the guys who did not dope in 1999 was a young french rider, and he offered the pin that you couldn't win this tour de france in '99 without doping and much of the colleagues resented him saying that. the guy who most resented him sayi
are still held. our defense secretary, leon panetta, addressed the crisis a short time ago. >> terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. jenna: the defense secretary speaking in london there. terrorists affiliated with al qaeda are holed up at that gas plant. they have been there now for three days, demanding an end to the anti-terror campaign playing out right now in neighboring mali. that big area of north africa is part of what we're seeing with this rise of al qaeda in that continent. chief washington correspondent james rosen is live in our d.c. bureau. james, we talked about this as a very fluid, very dangerous situation. what do we now know? >> reporter: jenna, good afternoon. white house officials are now saying president obama is receiving regular updates on this situation which remains as you say ongoing and sensetive. the numbers involved here have varied wildly with the latest from algeria's state news service now saying nearly 100 of 132 hostages seized have been freed. that word comes after
of terrific defense. the solving of this problem -- let me see if i can get this clear for you. this is peter, right? what i was pointing out is that in california we have a responsibility to make sure that every weapon is transferred. i was a firearms license dealer for 25 years so i know what i am talking about. the result of that is -- you brought up the gun show loophole, which is important. people in other states can go and buy weapons in virginia, but it in the back of their car and take it across to pennsylvania. i was watching c-span earlier this morning. the mayor of philadelphia said they have guns were the criminals are renting guns they have bought in virginia. it is very important which has not been addressed, if you are going to register firearms, it has to be across the board. that means for people who are police officers, people who are bureaucrats, people who are elected officials -- anyone. you cannot have a two tiered system where half of the people that are just civilians have to abide by the laws and everybody else does not. one of the most important factors that each fir
big defense cuts. lindsey graham's even saying, it's better than nothing. what do you say? do you think sequestration has to be avoided at all cost, or could it go into effect, forcing some sort of spending cuts and fiscal discipline? >> well, i think we can and we should continue to both reduce expenditures and add revenues in a balanced approach to debt reduction that should take several years. it took several years from 2000, where we had a surplus under president clinton to get to a deficit under president bush. so it will take some time. but i think sequestration is a blunt instrument. it doesn't allow the cabinet secretaries, not just the secretary of defense, but the secretary of every other agency, to make judicious judgments about which programs are higher priority. and we in the congress should be able to make those judgments ourselves, working with the administration. so i don't think it's the right instrument. i think the goal is appropriate, which is to reduce the deficit, do it in a balanced way, and recognize that there are some things that you can do up-front, quic
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